Hurricane season technically starts June 1. However, the National Hurricane Center is considering moving the official start date to May 15, which was just a few days ago. Although the season peaks in September, that doesn’t mean you can afford to wait until July or August to make sure your roof is ready for hurricane season. We recommend not only performing regular roofing inspections yourself now and after every storm, but also calling a local roofing company for a professional inspection at least every year.
What You Should Look for On Your Roof
Most homes in Tampa Bay have either asphalt shingles or tile roofing. As you look at either of those two roofing materials you should notice straight lines across your roof. That doesn’t just mean no missing shingles or tile, that also means aligned shingles. If you don’t, something isn’t right and you need to call a roof repair company.
No matter what roofing material you have, look at the flashing around your vents, chimney and dormers. Flashing helps keep the water out of your home, but only when properly sealed. If you can’t see a bead of sealant across the top of your flashing, you may end up with a roof leak in the next rain.
Again, depending on your roofing material, you may need to look for different things. For example, cracked tiles are much more common than cracked asphalt. However, curling asphalt shingles are a common occurrence. If you only have either of these issues in a small area, roof repair may be possible. Otherwise, you may need a roof replacement.
Your Roof is Your Home’s First Line of Defense
When it’s not ready for a storm, your family and belongings aren’t protected. If you’ve been considering a roof replacement, now may be the right time. Upgrading your roofing material can help better protect your home. Even simply installing architectural shingles instead of 3-tab shingles makes a difference in your roof’s strength. If you’re looking for the best defense against wind, consider upgrading to metal roofing.
Suncoast Roofing Solutions Offers Roofing Inspections
We offer residential and commercial roofing inspections to asphalt, tile , metal and other types of roofing. Our inspections can find any areas in need of maintenance or repair. We can also help you choose the right roof replacement material if you know its time for a new roof. Call us today at (813) 283-2544 to schedule your appointment.